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‘Jitney,’ in LA, Sings August Wilson’s Song of the Forgotten Man

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Only 34 at the time that he wrote his first play, Jitney, August Wilson may or may not have known just how the emotion-driven...

All Rise: The Uplifting Backstory of ‘Sunrise in Heaven’

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How Jan Hurst's personal tragedy let to renewed faith, to Voyage Media, and to a film shoot in Hollywood.

Measurable Impact: The Real Bottom Line for Nonprofit Arts?

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The problem with Seattle's Intiman Theatre following (not for the first time) the hysterical-panic fundraising playbook first pioneered by Oral Roberts.

Can This Man Be a Nobel Laureate and a Genocide Apologist?

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On the moral conundrum presented by Austrian writer Peter Handke, eulogist of Slobodan Milosevic and winner of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Miden Voyage: A #MeToo Charge in a Fictional Utopia

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In Veronica Raimo’s novel "The Girl at the Door," there's a fine line between admiring a culture and alienation from it.

How ‘Average’ Howard Barnes Became an Above-Average Musical

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Composer Michael Kooman and book writer/lyricist Christopher Dimond celebrate their "average" world-premiere CD.

In ‘Wives,’ Playwright Backhaus Tries Comedy — and #MeToo

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But why salt so much dialogue with, like, annoyingly contemporary expressions?

Is the Tragedy of Sept. 11 Intelligible to Us Yet?

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Looking to ancient drama to comprehend the incomprehensible.

‘Stranger’ Days: Remembering the Penelope Ashe Hoax

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How 24 newspaper writers teamed up 50 years ago to create the sex-soaked novel "Naked Came the Stranger."

Bass Reeves, Overlooked American Hero, Gets Hollywood Close-Up

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The story of the first Black deputy US marshal west of the Mississippi is coming to the screen.

That Time Susan Sontag Did Something Stupid

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She staged "Waiting for Godot" in 1993 Sarajevo. A Sontag biography raises current questions on what motivates social practice.

‘Lockdown’ Appeals for Justice Reform — and Compassion

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Playwright Cori Thomas learned to see the San Quentin incarcerated as individuals, not as past crimes.

Au Contraire: Exploring Brexit in English and Irish Theater

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There's a desire to respect their differences and to work out where they go next -- together or separately.

‘Chick Flick: The Musical’ Should Be Your Quick Pick

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We should all celebrate voices -- even those not necessarily our own.
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In Season 3, HBO’s ‘True Detective’ Finally Gets a Clue

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A show returns to critical-darling status...if you can forgive Stephen Dorff's wig.

Are Millennials Actually ‘F**ked’? Ask Matt Williams

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A veteran TV writer-producer and "old white guy" explains his new play -- about Millennials.

Shepard’s ‘True West’ May Not Be So True After All

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I used to think this was a great play. Now I fear it's a great play wrapped in a gimmick.

Let’s Disconnect the ‘Disconnect’ in Nonprofit Theater

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Just because a play delivers "excellence" doesn't mean it delivers "impact."

Mossad, Charlie and Khalil: ‘The Little Drummer Girl’ Comes to TV

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The Arab-Israeli conflict rages on, making a TV version of John Le Carre's 1983 novel sadly relevant.

Trigger Warnings at the Theater: Should This Be a Thing?

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Isn't the whole idea of art to trigger something emotional?
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Which President Ignored Bounties on Our Murdered Soldiers?

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Either the ignoramus president was told the intelligence and did nothing about it or no one on his staff told him. Which sounds worse?